Book Review: The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

Hey my lovelies, welcome to this weeks book review and it is The Midnight Star by Marie Lu. Last week I reviewed The Rose Society, so if you haven't read that yet, I recommend you do now. As this book review will contain spoilers for The Young Elite and The Rose Society (and very minor spoilers for The Midnight Star). I'm sorry if this review turns more into a series review, but this is the only place I can appropriately describe my thoughts and feelings of the series as a whole.

Title: The Midnight Star
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Penguin 
Pub. Date: October 11th 2016
Date Read: 12th April 2017
Pages:  316
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained. When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.


The Midnight Star kicks off a while after Rose Society, in a world where Adelina is still not speaking to her sister, and is ruling Kenettra with an iron fist. She is soon forced to help her old allies turned enemies to save the rest of their kind, as all of the characters are in some way turning against themselves, some mentally and some physically. And due to this have to band together, much to Adelinas disgust. 
The only real downside I have about this series is that even though I really enjoyed The Midnight Star, for me The Young Elites and The Rose Society could have been a duology, as a lot of this book was Adelina realising the wrong to her ways and her getting a redemption arc, although I may just  be feeling this way because I really have a thing for villains. 


The Midnight Star appropriately finishes off Adelina's character arc, with the Young Elites have her discovering and developing herself, the Rose Society is when the villain is made and The Midnight Star, is her realising that her actions have consequences and learning about what good and bad truly is.
I also really liked how Marie Lu pulled all of the world building together from the first two books, with the myths and fables told and how they all came together, which made the book very satisfying to read, well for me anyway. I love it when books have little Easter eggs hidden in there.


 Something I really liked about this series is that we saw what was going on from a variety of different point of views. And this way we see the light and dark side of all of the characters, which truly makes the reader see them more as human and enables you, as a reader, to see them more as human and enables you to find out what is truly going on from a wider perspective.  

As mentioned in my previous reviews of the rest of the trilogy, I have never been interested in the Raffaele chapters, and I was still uninterested reading this, instead I much preferred Adelina's, as well as Magiano and Violetta's one off point of views. Although Adelina has got to be one of the best anti-heroes I have ever read, and even though objectively I knew what she was doing was bad, I still felt myself rooting for her.


 In conclusion, I really enjoyed this series, and Adelina is probably one of my all time favourite book characters. The ending wasn't quite what I expected, but I enjoyed it nether the less and will be recommending it to my friends and family for them to read. However, one of my absolute favourite things of this series was each of the characters individual character development, whether they were becoming better people, or worse. 


I recommend this to fans of YA fantasy, and of cause fans of the first and second novel, because in my opinion the series just got better and better. As I said in my last review I would recommend this series to fans of the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard, Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas and And I Darken by Kiersten White. And I Darken due to Adelina being a strong anti- hero. Red Queen due to the magical powers aspect and Throne of Glass because of the violence and the magic aspect again.

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Thank you for reading my lovelies, I hope you enjoyed this weeks review, do you know of any good books with a strong antihero? If so please let me know in the comments, as that is the exact type of book I am looking for at the moment. 

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